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Poster: derkman96 Date: Jan 17, 2011 7:30am
Forum: feature_films Subject: DVD Creation Help

Hi, I know this forum isn't for these kinds of questions, but I haven't been able to find much more on this subject.

I'm trying to create a DVD from a movie file with a wide scope (16:9 aspect ratio) and I'm hitting a few snags. To create a DVD with dvdauthorgui I need to convert it to an MPEGII, when I do that it warps the aspect ratio. I read somewhere that DVD video is 720x480 and when the tv displays the video it is cropped down to 640x480. This seems to be the case sometimes, but then how do I make an anamorphic widescreen DVD? I could use DVDFlick but I have been having a few problems with that program also.

Any and all help will be very much appreciated. Thank you.

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Poster: quigs Date: Jan 17, 2011 9:37am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: DVD Creation Help

I think I can help here. Try Super DVD Creator. The pric is under 30.00 with never renewal because you buy the software and updates are free. The Slysoft software (Clone DVD as well as Any DVD) is a tad more in price, and there aren't any updates for new members

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Poster: derkman96 Date: Jan 17, 2011 9:53am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: DVD Creation Help

Maybe I'm missing something, but this doesn't seem to be much different from DVDFlick (http://www.dvdflick.net/) Could you possibly list some of the benefits of using this software as opposed to using DVDFlick?

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Poster: quigs Date: Jan 17, 2011 10:48am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: DVD Creation Help

I don't know anthing about DVD Flick but on Creator, you can fit up to three hours on each DVD. Just store your key for the software (just in case) but once you are in you're in

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Poster: derkman96 Date: Jan 17, 2011 10:51am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: DVD Creation Help

I'm not looking to compress my videos and put 3 hours of movies on my DVD's I'm only looking to have widescreen video no my DVD's I'll look into Super DVD Creator though, thank you.

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Jan 17, 2011 12:07pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: DVD Creation Help

I don't use DVDFlick, but I can give you some general information that may be useful.

Let's say you have an avi file with an exact 16:9 aspect ration; the resolution is 640x360 (square pixels). The program that converts this to an anamorphic NTSC mpeg2 will rescale the picture to 704x480 or 720x480 (pixels not square). "Anamorphic" means distorted; the picture has been stretched vertically. The program will embed in the mpeg2 file a bit of information that indicates that the aspect ratio is 16:9 instead of 4:3, so that the DVD-player will compress the image vertically during playback.

If your source avi has an aspect ratio greater than 16:9, then the program will rescale the image to a height less than 480 and pad the picture with black at top and bottom to make it 480 pixels tall.

Perhaps there is a way to tell DVDFlick that you want to create an anamorphic NTSC mpeg2 file.

By the way, I also use dvdAuthorGUI when I'm putting only one movie on a disk. When I need a menu because there's more than one movie, I find it's much easier to use "GUI for dvdAuthor".

The program I use for creating the mpeg2 files is mencoder, but it's a command-line program with no GUI.

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Poster: derkman96 Date: Jan 17, 2011 1:24pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: DVD Creation Help

alright, so if I'm understanding you correctly, to create an anamorphic widescreen DVD with dvdauthor gui (or gui for DVDAuthor) the mpeg will look distorted until I watch it on my TV? With DVDFlick it automatically makes an anamorphic widescreen video, I just prefer to use DVDAuthorGUI. I will look at GUI for DVDAuthor and see if that makes more sense to me. Thanks for all the help.

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Jan 17, 2011 1:32pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: DVD Creation Help

If you look at an anamorphic mpeg2 on your computer using a not-too-smart viewing program, it will be distorted; everyone will be too tall and narrow. A good viewing program will notice the 16:9 aspect directive in the file and will display it correctly.

Anyway, it will look correct on your television if the 16:9 aspect is specified.

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Poster: derkman96 Date: Jan 17, 2011 1:37pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: DVD Creation Help

alright. So, hypothetically, if I were to convert a movie file to MPEG 2 with Any Video Converter (http://www.any-video-converter.com/products/for_video_free/) Would it keep the aspect ratio? and if so, could I then load that file into DVDAuthorGUI/GUI for DVDAuthor?

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Jan 17, 2011 1:42pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: DVD Creation Help

If the anamorphic mpeg2 is created correctly, dvdAuthor will have no problems with it (it must contain nav-packets, of course). I have created probably hundreds of DVDs using dvdAuthorGUI and GUI for dvdAuthor with no problems.

Once the mpeg2 file is created, you can make sure it's anamorphic (16:9) by viewing it with VLC. While watching, select menu-path
Video / Aspect-Ratio / 4:3
This should make everything suddenly look taller.

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Poster: derkman96 Date: Jan 17, 2011 1:51pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: DVD Creation Help

alright. Thanks to everyone for your help.

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Poster: 1ljb Date: Jan 18, 2011 7:20am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: DVD Creation Help

VideoHelp.com is one of the better starting points for video conversion and DVD authoring help.
For example:
All in 1 DVD converters:
http://www.videohelp.com/tools/sections/all-in-one-dvd-converters
DVD Authoring:
http://www.videohelp.com/tools/sections/authoring-dvd
ImgBurn is the only choice to burn a DVD-/+R(W), as opposed to making coasters:
http://www.videohelp.com/tools/ImgBurn
And if you do need a video converter:
http://www.videohelp.com/tools/sections/video-encoders-mpg-dvd

With a little research, you should find the right tool(s) to serve your needs.